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UT Health Science Center at Houston Names Advancement Vice President
Susan H. Coulter, J.D., will become vice president of institutional advancement at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, effective Sept. 1.
Coulter has been vice president for university advancement at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) since 1998.
In announcing the appointment, UT Health Science Center President James T. Willerson, M.D., said: “I am thrilled that Susan Coulter will be joining us in this important leadership position. Her role will be critical to the successful merging of our development and communications operations into a synergistic effort that can successfully support our comprehensive, campus-wide advancement effort. I have every confidence that she can take the health science center’s advancement office to the next level of excellence.”
At UTMB Coulter directed communications, public affairs, alumni relations, development and special events.
“After having had the honor of working for UTMB during a very dynamic decade, I look forward to serving another out-standing institution in The University of Texas System,” Coulter said. “This is an especially exciting time for UT Health Science Center at Houston, which is poised to realize its enormous capacity to improve the health of society through research, education and patient care. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”
During her UTMB tenure, her office facilitated the highly successful “Here for the Health of Texas” branding initiative, conducted 60 “President’s Outreach Visits” throughout Texas, completed the $250-million “Timeless Values, Pioneering Solutions” campaign 18 months ahead of schedule, and realized a fivefold increase in philanthropic giving to UTMB programs.
“I consider it a great privilege to have worked with Susan Coulter,” said UTMB President John D. Stobo, M.D. “She is a remarkable individual whose expertise in fund-raising and relationship-building has greatly enhanced this very special institution. She has also been a passionate advocate for UTMB and a moral compass for executive leadership throughout her tenure.”
Before her UTMB position, Coulter served as vice president for university advancement at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where the school saw a 30 percent increase in private contributions and initiated special project campaigns in 10 university colleges and units.
From 1990-95, Coulter was associate vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Creative Partnerships Campaign for the University of Houston. This six-year campaign raised more than $277 million, $12 million over its goal, and was the largest campaign to date in the Houston area.
Coulter began her career in 1983 with the Indiana University Foundation, where she served in several capacities for the Campaign for Indiana, which raised $311 million.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and a law degree from Indiana University. She is married with three children.